When patients think about visiting their doctor or dentist for a checkup, the first visual that typically comes to mind is the reception area. Sure, the lobby is where we get our first impression about any business. But when it comes to medical and dental offices in particular, the waiting area is where we take time to make early judgments about the quality of service that we are about to receive.

Many people don’t like having to sit in a reception area. One of Jerry Seinfeld’s early successful comedy routines was all about the tedium of waiting in the waiting room. When most people think of a medical or dental lobby, they think of outdated magazines, uncomfortable chairs, and a ticking clock. Worse yet, if you’re worried about a possible health issue or in any kind of physical pain, time in this part of the office can feel tortuous

As such, it’s both important and easy for any doctor or dentist to stand out from the crowd. Go the extra mile to make that great first impression on your patients. The results will be shocking.

Here are some ideas to consider when it comes to your medical or dental lobby design:

Make it spacious

Lobby areas that are crowded can make everyone who enters feel uncomfortable. After all, who wants to be crammed in a room full of people who might be contagious? Providing an open area gives a sense of freedom and well-being.
But what if there’s a lot of foot traffic in the area? The office should opt for a design that will accommodate people who are finding their way through the rooms as well as those who have to sit and wait for a while. Think about the experience of everyone who has to either pass through or wait. What is the best option for everyone?
Of course, some offices are just small. How do you make the waiting room bigger when it’s just tiny? If there’s not much space to begin with, organize your furniture to give the appearance of space. Set the chairs so that they are not facing each other. Get a smaller table. Use bright colors. Make the patient feel like they are in an open area, not a confined space.

Choose sturdy, comfortable, modest furniture

When picking furniture for the reception area, three considerations need to be kept in mind: it can’t be flimsy, it can’t be uncomfortable, and it can’t be tacky.
First off, the furniture needs to be sturdy. Different kinds of people will stay in the lobby and there’s a possibility that furniture will be damaged due to careless use by some of the visitors. As such, it’s best to invest in furniture that is modest but will be used for a long time.
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Secondly, the chairs need to be comfortable. Chances are, at least some of your patients are going to be in serious physical pain. Why make it worse on them? Get chairs with soft cushions and welcoming armrests. Make sure that the fabric does not leave imprints on the skin.
Finally, the furniture needs to be modest. Sure, you want to stand out among the competition. But you don’t want to stand out as the doctor’s office with hideous furniture. Get something simple yet elegant. Your patients will notice and immediately associate the taste with the professionalism of the office.

Have an area for the kids

 If one thing is a timeless reality, it is that children do not like going to the doctor or dentist. All the lollypops in the world aren’t going to change that fact. When children are then forced to sit in the waiting room, they will inevitably end up jumping on furniture, whining, and screaming. Worse yet, other patients will associate the sound of crying children with your office.
Give kids their own area away from the rest of the patients. Have some toys and children’s books available. If possible, design it to seem like its own space.

Keep the whole place bright and clean

Some designs make lobbies look murky and cramped. This doesn’t just display a lack of taste from the staff, it also signals laziness and apathy. As such, go with something that will show that the place is being well-maintained.
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Make your lobby bright and clean. Visitors will get the impression that the services and treatments they’ll be receiving are of a superior quality. Communicate the message of health in the design. When a place is maintained, has good lighting and ventilation, it becomes easy for visitors to feel at ease.
Coming up with lobby design doesn’t have to be complicated. When it comes to redesign plans, the comfort and needs of the clients and employees should be top priority.
For more information, contact New England’s premier medical and dental design solutions provider, Infinity Group, at 860-726-9384.

Planning and prioritizing plans for a medical office renovation

Coming up with a medical office design can be challenging. However, working with space, new technologies, and keeping the comfort of clients in mind can be done all at the same time. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to renovating an office space and doing it in one go might be too costly. However, renovating a medical office should not be put off to ensure that patients would be given the best treatment.

Before rushing in to make renovation plans, medical office owners and medical practitioners should know that they can choose to do it in installments. Whatever the budget may be for projects like this, starting at a particular area can be a cost-efficient solution. One can choose to start with lobby design before moving on to the waiting rooms, consultation rooms, exam rooms, and other parts of the medical office. What’s important is that they are able to take the first step to making their place of practice the best place for their patients.

These days, spaces for medical practice should no longer look drab and confined. With the arrival of new technologies, doctors and medical professionals can make their clinics look more vibrant without compromising the charts and the machines that they normally use. Keeping the office design in mind is also important to make patients feel more comfortable while they are waiting for their check-up or treatment.

In this case, medical practitioners can infuse their own design preferences in their offices. Instead of the usual white and beige, they can try out vibrant colors that can contribute to the atmosphere of the place. Making the facilities, interior design, and lighting more lively can make patients less anxious about visiting the doctor. As colors have psychological effects in the mind of people, those designing their medical spaces can use this to not just boost the mood of their patient-clients but also themselves and other staff.

Above all these design suggestions, it’s still important to have a medical office that looks clean and organized. There should also be enough space for each room and patients should never be made to feel quarantined and unhealthy. To implement this, the office layout must maximize the space without compromising the purpose, which is to help people maintain their health.

Infinity Group can help medical professionals turn their office space to become more efficient and up-to-date. They can bring their plans to the company and collaborate with the team to bring their vision to fulfillment. Employing a team of designers, contractors, engineers, and architects, medical office owners can breathe easy because the firm is responsible for mobilizing a professional team to carry out the plans. Renovating an office space doesn’t need to be a dreadful experience. By choosing the right team to work with, medical professionals can take the look of their offices to a whole new level.